We're one step closer to seeing the school board agreeing to weekly early dismissals to increase planning time for teachers.
The school board gave preliminary approval this afternoon to adding 10 minutes to each school day. This would mean every school dismissing an hour early each Wednesday and two more early release days a school year for elementary and middle schools.
The early release days will also be on Wednesdays.
A final vote is expected this afternoon.
Efforts to move the weekly dismissals and early release days to Fridays, as requested by many parents, were shot down by a majority of the board.
Under the plan, the 9:15 a.m. elementary schools would start 10 minutes earlier. Schools that now start at 8:30 a.m. would go to 8:20 a.m. But elementary schools that now start at 7:45 a.m. would end 10 minutes later 2:25 p.m.
The middle schools that now begin at 7:30 a.m. would end the day 10 minutes later at 2:25 p.m. The middle schools that start at 8:15 a.m. would begin 10 minutes earlier.
Most high schools, which now start at 7:25 a.m., would end 10 minutes later at 2:28 p.m. But some high schools which now start at 8:05 a.m. would begin earlier at 7:55 a.m.
Changes approved. Click here for the new bell schedules.